heisman trophy presentation 7 p.m., espn
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday by the Downtown Athletic Club, and three finalists have been invited to New York for the presentation. The finalists:
Key statistics: 339 carries, 1,986 yards, 23 touchdowns
The 6-foot-3, 242-pound junior carried the Tide (12-1) to the College Football Playoff, setting an SEC record for rushing yards and leading the nation in touchdowns. With a passing game that has been inconsistent, the Tide has leaned heavily on Henry in its biggest games. He carried the ball 90 times in Alabama's last two games and has averaged 180 yards per game against SEC opponents.
Quoting: "He's had a phenomenal season, and he deserves every accolade that anyone could ever throw his way." — Alabama Coach Nick Saban
Key statistics: 319 carries for 1,847 yards, 41 receptions for 540 yards, 13 total touchdowns
Elusiveness and versatility are trademarks for the 6-foot, 201-pound sophomore who broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,496. He also threw two touchdown passes, had the second-most kick return yards in the nation with 1,042 and finished with over 1,000 more all-purpose yards than any player in the country.
Quoting: "It's not just a really good year. This is a historic year. He did something that no one has ever done and has done it better than everyone who has ever won a Heisman." — Stanford coach David Shaw
Key statistics: 3,512 yards passing, 887 yards rushing, 41 total touchdowns
Watson, a 6-2, 207-pound sophomore, fits the mold of recent Heisman winners as a dual-threat quarterback. He is the only player in the country who has surpassed 800 yards rushing and 3,500 yards passing. His defining moment came in a 34-17 victory over Boston College on Oct. 17. The Eagles had the country's No. 1 overall defense, but Watson passed for a season-high 420 yards.
Quoting: "Look at any championship team and most have a great quarterback and a great leader. He's special." — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney